The winter attrition for the Axis is a lot more sever than earlier patches...dont be surprised that you will only be able to launch limited
attacks in 42.Your armour strength will be severely degraded, what with TOE upgrades & winter losses.
I know that the great census of opinion is that you will knock him over in 42, but if he is careful & selective with his attacks,he can
cause you a lot of problems in 42.
The other thing I found with the new Airforce rules, just soley Russian air attacks on German forces severely degrade there personnel & reduce there moral.
The winter attrition is real yes.
I am actually most worried about:
- Panzer production
The attrition in Men and guns I calculate I can make up for (It is now end of January 1942 for me and I have almost 300k Germans in the pool; using TOE settings I can direct them to where they are needed). But trucks and panzers is a different question. As this is my first blizzard I have had to learn through trial and error:
- The counter attacks I have been doing have been very effective in degrading Soviet offensive power and effectively stopping his blizzard offensive in its tracks, but it has come at a cost in panzers and trucks from fighting, moving and not being in cities. It really is a blessing that I haven't had to withdraw much as the withdrawal at Voronezh was painful, not from the losses or anything, but from the movement my mobile forces had to do to put up a line.
- I have done too many counter attacks on non-crucial hexes, costing me panzers and trucks while only causing some losses or routs on low strength infantry divisions. The real targets should be cavalry Corps and armored units.
- I have withdrawn the Luftwaffe piecemeal. I should have just withdrawn the bomber arm and excess recon squadrons en masse in 2 stages: light level bombers and excess recon squadrons as soon as mud hit and most bombers as soon as snow hit. During blizzard I have left all fighters and 1 He-111 group per Flieger Corps at the front. Withdrawing in multiple stages has cost me trucks unnecessarily.
- I have not been the best at resupply by air during mud, which probably also cost a bunch of trucks.
- Truck management was not on my radar from the start, only after Pelton pointed it out and with the AAR delayed 1 to 8 turns I was too late with correcting my mistakes.
Darbymcd is now indeed sacrificing a lot of bombers to bomb me where he can. Although he is now focusing on HQs mostly. I have been very dilligent in massing 88mm FlAK units where he has a lot of strength in the air, so that helps with breaking up attacks and inflicting some losses.
With regards to panzer strength, in 1941 80% of the value of Pz. Divisions comes from their mobility (Mot. Inf.), not the tanks, but I don't know if that holds true in 1942.
< Message edited by Aditia -- 8/22/2016 12:27:31 AM >